I am sure that someone from the club would know better but I suppose this is a busy time of year for grading so it may not be done exactly on the 31st March.
Are we ready John?? Are we confident we have done what was required? Last time I was at Tatnam, Saturday with 1600 other people. I couldn't see any reason why we shouldn't be allowed to progress, that gate was higher than most of the Conference teams could expect.
I believe that the inspection is scheduled for April 5th. There is still a lot of work to be done before then. Today we got most of the white tarpaulins around the pitchside barriers erected though we still have to devise a way of securing the bottom. Tomorrow the metal fencing goes up and we have to attach the green tarpaulins to that. Let's hope the weather is more favourable, we got soaked today. Terry the fencer has nearly completed the wooden fencing panels but needs to make a couple of gates to finish things off. We have also got to do some 'slabbing' around the turn-styles to bring the paving up to scratch. I think that's the majority of the major works but there will no doubt still be some tittivating required.
We still need an awful lot of help on Monday. The tarpaulins around the pitch have been secured at the top but suffered a little in todays strong winds. We managed to find a method of securing the bottoms using a rope threaded through some of the eyes and wrapped around each post but it was very time consuming, very, very hard work and consequently we only got about 1/3rd completed. On Monday we desperately need more volunteers to get this finished and it's going to be impossible if there are only 2 or 3 of us as there were today. Even if you can only spare an hour, and can only manage to set cable ties, think how many you can set in that time so that someone else doesn't have to do them and can get on with something else. It's the last push needed before the grading on Tuesday and it could mean the difference between Yes or No. Lets try to make it Yes.
Aiming to be over for a couple of hours this afternoon but Father-in-LawL took two falls yesterday and we got back from Poole General at 4:30 this morning. Not the sharpest tool in the box this morning!
I had to leave by mid-afternoon as my body had just about run out of steam but by then we had broken the back of the major works. The metal fencing has been covered with green canvas (mostly) . (At 9:00 Dick & I were scared to death that it was a task beyond us but with help from the two Daniels and Steve47, it went up quite easily.) As I was leaving,
Clive the chippy was making the last two sets of gates. One for the players entrance and the other for Sylvia's old turnstyle gate.
Steve, Daniel & Dan were roping down the bottom of the white canvas surrounding the pitch
Dick was using an angle grinder to cut a new entrance for Chris's mower and
Chris K and team were joining the very last bit of metal fencing to the wooden fence to make the perimeter secure all around
There's still work to be done so if you can be down early in the morning, I'm sure Dick would appreciate the help to put up barriers and generally clear stuff away. Must mention young Dan who walked all the way from lower Parkstone on the first day of his school holiday to help out and I believe is doing the same tomorrow.
I seem to remember that with Wimborne there was an unofficial indication a few days after the inspection and official confirmation a week to 10mdays after but perhaps Town Crier can recall better than me?